That game was epic. Maybe the best ever. And I'm not saying that 'cause the Dodgers won... Okay, maybe I'm far more enthusiastic about it 'cause my guys won, but really... Wasn't it the best ever!
- "One of the best games in history," said Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. (Link Here)
- "That's probably one of the craziest, if not the craziest, games I've ever been a part of in my career," Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said. "Man, this is a tough one to be on the wrong side of." (Link Here)
- "I'm like, wait a minute, am I dreaming right now?" Jansen said, exhausted on the floor of the visiting clubhouse. "It's an awesome feeling to know the best pitcher in the game has your back." (Link Here)
- “It was crazy,” Pederson, who finished this NLDS 5 for 15 with two walks, a double and the homer, said on the field after the game in a televised interview. “I’m kind of at a loss for words right now. Washington played great. They fought us to the end, but it just shows what kind of team we are. We stuck together, we believed in each other, we came back.” (Link Here)
- “I came to [Roberts], you know, once Kenley went out there in the seventh,” Kershaw said. “I was just kind of doing the math. I don't think Kenley's ever done a six-out save, let alone a nine-out save. He threw 20 pitches in that seventh inning, and I just said, 'I'm going to go get loose, see how I feel and I'll let you know, but I might be able to do this.' That's kind of what happened. (Link Here)
- “I thank God for being able to be at his side,” Urias said through an interpreter. “When I saw him come in the clubhouse and put on his spikes, I knew he was ready to go and I learned a lot about him at that moment. He’s about winning and all that goes through his mind is winning, winning, winning. I’m so glad that everything worked out.” (Link Here)
- "This encapsulated our season, yeah," manager Dave Roberts said. "It takes 25 guys to win a game [and] that’s what we did [in Game 5]." (Link Here)
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game and celebration. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1965 Sandy Koufax, on just two days rest, masterfully pitched a 2-0 complete game shutout to defeat the Twins in Game 7 of the World Series to win their fourth championship. He was named MVP of the series.
- Happy Birthday, Hugh Casey and Ivy Olson!
- Here is the schedule for the upcoming NLCS against the Cubs. It begins this coming Saturday, and Kenta Maeda is expected to pitch against Jon Lester.
Game 1: Dodgers at Cubs, 5:08 p.m. Saturday
Game 2: Dodgers at Cubs, 5:08 p.m. Sunday
Game 3: Cubs at Dodgers, 5:08 p.m. Tuesday
Game 4: Cubs at Dodgers, 5:08 p.m. Wednesday
*Game 5: Cubs at Dodgers, 5:08 p.m. Thursday
*Game 6: Dodgers at Cubs, TBD October 22
*Game 7: Dodgers at Cubs, TBD October 23
|(Reddick in speedos!, via SportsGrind on twitter)|
- ICYMI: Vin Scully was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and hit it out of the park. Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider has videos to prove it. Go here to check him out.
- WTF! Via Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports; "Josh Reddick celebrates NLDS win by wearing American flag Speedo."
- Via Jamal Collier at MLB.com; "Robinson proud of Baker-Roberts matchup."
"I'm very proud of both of them, but I'm also kind of saddened by the lack of the numbers," Robinson said. "It just goes to show you, if they get the right people and they get the opportunity and give them the talent, they can perform."
"Hopefully, it motivates other organizations to get some African-American managers, also to motivate other players that are playing right now and former players that have managerial aspirations," Baker said. "It probably brings a lot of pride across America, and not only African-American people, but everybody."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Gary Cederstom heads NLCS umpire crew."
- This is the best review yet on how this Game 5 matchup between the Dodgers and Nationals was the best ever. Via Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "The MLB Playoffs Just Played to Their Base."
Baseball can’t be what it cannot be. Baseball is a game that requires an investment, an investment of time and an investment of mental energy. That might, perhaps, cause it to become decreasingly popular over the years and decades to come. I can’t predict the population. What I’m sure of is that baseball still has its base. It has its core of loyal supporters, its followers who understand the demands of being a good and decent fan in the first place. Those four hours and 32 minutes were for us. The base will grant the game every second that it needs. That Game 5 needed every second in order to be what it was, and that was baseball magic.
- Baseball America has just named Corey Seager as their Rookie of the Year, Via Kyle Glaser.
He finished in the top 10 in the National League in hits, doubles, runs, batting average and slugging percentage while hitting in the No. 3 spot all year for the NL West-champion Dodgers, and he did it all playing a solid, reliable shortstop. For all that, Seager is the easy choice for the Baseball America Rookie of the Year.
- This weeks Topps Throwback Thursday set pays homage to the 1961 Topps Baseball league leaders cards, and includes the 2016 league leaders in six different categories. Go here to check it out and order. Only one Dodger player is included and it is Kenley Jansen. Check out the card on the right.
- Once again Topps is asking Baseball collectors to decide who should be card #1 in next seasons flagship 2017 Topps Baseball card set. You can go here to vote, or you can either “retweet” or “like” a tweet assigned to each of the 16 nominees. Two Dodger players are on the list -- Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager. So get crackin'!
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